Call for participation: IFAC World Congress 2017 Workshop

Call for participation


IFAC World Congress 2017 Workshop "Rigidity Theory for Multi-agent Systems Meets Parallel Robots: Towards the Discovery of Common Models and Methods"

Sunday, July 9, 2017 in Toulouse, France (full day)



Important dates


15 April 2017: Early registration rates expire

9 July 2017: Workshop (full-day)



Overview & Topics


This workshop aims to explore connections and encourage discussion between two historically distinct communities: the parallel robotics community and the multi-robot community. Although these two areas may appear as quite distant, they share a strong common underline theme: understanding how pairwise geometrical constraints (e.g., relative distances or angles) can affect the mobility or state (pose) estimation for robotic systems. Moreover, there is a strong analogy between multi-agent systems and parallel robots: each robot of the system can be seen as a passive joint of a virtual mechanical (parallel) architecture and each measurement between two robots as a rigid connection between them, rigid connection whose dimension can vary thanks to a virtual actuator. So it is possible to find virtual parallel robot architectures associated with multi-agent systems.


Three types of sessions will be organized in order to promote interactivity / exchanges in the audience

- keynote sessions (6 invited speakers for a 35 minutes talk for each of them)

- interactive session

- panel discussion


We invite students and researchers to submit 1-page abstracts to be presented at an interactive session during the workshop. We encourage submissions related to the fields of multi-robot formation control and parallel robotics. Information can be found at the workshop website.




Invited Speakers

    Hyo-Sung Ahn (A physical interpretation of the rigidity matrix), GIST Korea

    Shiyu Zhao (Bearing-Based distributed control and estimation over robotic networks), University of Sheffield, UK

    Daniel Zelazo (Rigidity theory and formation control: A Tutorial), Technion, Israel

    Jean-Pierre Merlet (Structural topology, singularity, and kinematic analysis), INRIA-Sophia, France

    Marco Carricato (Screw theory and its application to robotics), Univeristy of Bologna, Italy

    Sébastien Briot (How theory on parallel robot singularities was used in order to solve sensor-based control problems), LS2N-CNRS, France

Here are the schedule and keynote session abstracts:





    Antonio Franchi, LAAS-CNRS, France

    Daniel Zelazo, Technion, Israel

    Sébastien Briot, LS2N-CNRS, France

    Paolo Robuffo Giordano, IRISA-CNRS, France

Registration at

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